Hooray for Hollyrock! An adult-orientated, animated reboot of The Flintstones is on the way, according to Variety.
A small item in “The Daily Granite,” Bedrock’s local paper, mentioned Slate Rock and Gravel, also known as Rockhead and Quarry Cave Construction Company, dug up a pre-prehistoric family in Cobblestone County and presented it to Brownstone Productions, owned by Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks. Based on an original idea, the series will feature the characters from the classic Hanna-Barbera animated series. The Flintstones reboot will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
The project is in very early stages of development. No network is attached yet, but WarnerMedia will be launching the streaming platform HBO Max, which will also broadcast Warner Bros. Animation’s upcoming Gremlins prequel series.
There is also no word on whether Brownstone Productions approached ABC, the “Abbadabba Broadcasting Company” of Bedrock, not the network where The Flintstones premiered in 1960. Set in the Stone Age town of Bedrock, it was the first animated primetime comedy. The series followed Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone and their neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble, and their son Bamm-Bamm.
The unofficial animated takeoff of Jackie Gleason’s The Honeymooners sitcom ran for six seasons, ending in 1966. It was the longest running animated prome time comedy until The Simpsons demolished TV records. It aired 166 episodes, and the 1966 animated feature The Man Called Flintstone.
The Flintstones spawned over a dozen animated spin-off series including The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Flintstones Comedy Hour, Fred Flintstone and Friends, The New Fred and Barney Show and The Flintstone Kids. The series also inspired five animated television films including 1987’s The Flintstones Meet The Jetsons.
The series was remade into the live action film The Flintstones in 1994. John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins played Fred and Wilma. Rick Moranis and Rosie O’Donnell played Barney and Betty. The live-action prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, which came out in 2000, starred Mark Addy, Kristen Johnson, Stephen Baldwin and Jane Krakowski.
In 2011 Seth McFarlane, who created Family Guy, tried to bring the franchise to life. McFarlane has said Fred Flintstone was his first cartoon character drawing. He was two years old. Fox gave the project a straight-to-series order. MacFarlane co-wrote the reboot with Dan Palladino. But the project was ultimately scrapped.
There is no The Flintstones release date announcement. And yes, I’ll say it: Yabba dabba do.
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